Mathematics, Professional Mathematics Concentration, B.S.

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Mathematics, Professional Mathematics Concentration, B.S.

The Professional Mathematics Concentration (Advanced Mathematics) of the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences provides students with a comprehensive foundation in advanced mathematics at the Undergraduate level.

As the technical sophistication of most professions increases, there is a growing need for individuals capable of "speaking the language" of mathematics. Mathematicians increasingly are sought to probe and expand mathematical theory, as engineering and empirical science delve deeper into nature. Individuals also are needed to teach math skills that have expanded into virtually every field. The foundations of our high-tech society rest on mathematics and problem-solving. Every laptop, every smartphone, and every video game console relies on mathematics.

This provides a professional pathway for those interested in solving real-world problems as mathematics is the study of quantity, structure, space, and change. Exploring and understanding the world in which we live is a matter of mathematical inquiry and discovery.

Mathematics provides a broad range of career options, and students can find careers in many industries including

  • government,
  • technology,
  • insurance,
  • healthcare,
  • statistics,
  • science,
  • manufacturing,
  • research,
  • finance,
  • and academia.

The advanced problem-solving and critical thinking skills developed can be used to find new solutions to very complex problems. These analytical skills are in high demand, and mathematicians may find themselves in analytical modeling, finance, cryptography, data science, research and development, or other career sectors.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects that employment for mathematicians and statisticians will grow 33% from now to 2030—much faster than the average employment growth rate for other occupations.

MTSU's Bachelor of Science in Mathematics gets students involved in both the understanding and creation of advanced mathematics through quality instruction, opportunities for research, and close faculty-student interaction.

This program offers four distinct tracks:

  • Mathematics, Professional Mathematics Concentration (Business), B.S.
  • Mathematics, Professional Mathematics Concentration (General Mathematics), B.S.
  • Mathematics, Professional Mathematics Concentration (Industrial Mathematics), B.S.
  • Mathematics, Professional Mathematics Concentration (Statistics), B.S.

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Doing the math

Doing the math

Jacob Basham knows better than most how the study of mathematics can prove vital to the pursuit of a career in another field. A McNair Scholar and first-generation college student pursuing a degree in Professional Mathematics, Basham has been accepted to medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for their dual M.D. /Ph.D. program. For him, math was just the beginning. "My career goals hover around becoming a physician in translational medicine and clinical research," Basham says. "I want to be at the places where new treatments are being researched and our most deadly diseases are being eradicated."

The third "R"

The third "R"

Alex Murphy, a Noyce Scholarship recipient, is preparing to be a teacher of secondary mathematics. He has been doing research since his sophomore year when he became interested in understanding how pre-service teachers construct their knowledge of mathematics. His senior honors thesis was a case study reviewing his development of both mathematical and pedagogical metacognition in order to construct a reflective model that other pre-service mathematics teachers could follow. "The mathematics I know is a living knowledge that has blended very naturally with my ability to communicate it. This study has challenged me to remain a lifelong learner — especially with graduation so close," Murphy said. In addition to being a scholar, Alex does volunteer work at orphanages in Haiti during summer breaks.

News Briefs

Doing the math

Jacob Basham knows better than most how the study of mathematics can prove vital to the pursuit of a career in another field. A McNair Scholar and first-generation college student pursuing a degree in Professional Mathematics, Basham has been accepted to medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine for their dual M.D. /Ph.D. program. For him, math was just the beginning. "My career goals hover around becoming a physician in translational medicine and clinical research," Basham says. "I want to be at the places where new treatments are being researched and our most deadly diseases are being eradicated."

The third "R"

Alex Murphy, a Noyce Scholarship recipient, is preparing to be a teacher of secondary mathematics. He has been doing research since his sophomore year when he became interested in understanding how pre-service teachers construct their knowledge of mathematics. His senior honors thesis was a case study reviewing his development of both mathematical and pedagogical metacognition in order to construct a reflective model that other pre-service mathematics teachers could follow. "The mathematics I know is a living knowledge that has blended very naturally with my ability to communicate it. This study has challenged me to remain a lifelong learner — especially with graduation so close," Murphy said. In addition to being a scholar, Alex does volunteer work at orphanages in Haiti during summer breaks.

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A degree in Mathematics from MTSU is a sure way to transform being a problem solver into a fulfilling, always-in-demand career. Examples of potential positions include

  • Actuary
  • Astrophysicist
  • College professor
  • Computer programmer
  • Controller
  • Database manager
  • Demographer
  • Information scientist
  • Inventory control specialist
  • Investment researcher
  • Mathematical modeler
  • Mathematical technician
  • Mathematician
  • Mathematics Teacher
  • Psychometrist
  • Statistician
  • Systems analyst
  • Technical writer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Bryan, Pendleton, Swats & McAllister, LLC
  • Caterpillar Finance
  • Cigna
  • Columbia State Community College
  • David Lipscomb University
  • Direct General Group of Companies
  • Grundy County Schools
  • Humana Inc.
  • Motlow State Community College
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Select Actuarial Services
  • Tennessee Tech University
  • U.S. Army
  • Volunteer State Community College
  • Walters State Community College
  • Wilson County Schools
  • Willis North America Inc.

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